Save the Date: FisherPoets Gathering 2017

Art by Ray Troll and Grace Freeman.

Come join us at the 20th annual FisherPoets Gathering (Friday, Feb. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017) for an Astoria tradition. FisherPoets brings men and women tied to the fishing industry together to share poems, stories, songs, memoirs, essays and art in celebration of the work and its people.

This year, we’re excited to be a part of three fun & informative events:

  • PANEL: Healthy Rivers for Our Future – Protecting the Columbia River Basin on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11:30-12:45 PM, at the Barbey Maritime Center (1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR).
    The Columbia & Snake Rivers face unprecedented threats from controversial fossil fuel to deadbeat dams. Join Columbia Riverkeeper and Save Our Wild Salmon to discuss plans to stand up for the Columbia Basin Health of the Columbia River.
    *FisherPoets button required.
  • SONGS AND POEMS:  Community Gathering on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 from  3:15-4:30PM, at The Columbian Theater (1102 Marine Drive Astoria, OR).
    Let’s bring together art and activism. Come sing songs with Joseph Stevenson, Jennifer Berg, Ned Heavenrich, Dan Southerland, and friends, hear poems, and make plans on how we can all work together to protect the mighty Columbia River and the waters  that we love. The Columbian Theater will sell beverages and snacks.
    *FisherPoets button required.
  • HIKE: Walk a public trail on the Skipanon Peninsula former site of the now-defeated Oregon LNG terminal and pipeline on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at 9:00AM, at the Premarq Center (Warrenton, OR).
    Don Abing, Recordkeeper of the Chinook Indian Nation Cultural Committee, and Tessa Scheller, Chair of the Skipanon Watershed Council will offer their perspectives on the area’s cultural and ecological significance. Meet at Premarq Center parking lot in Warrenton, Oregon at 9AM. Wear hiking shoes and bring a raincoat and water for the leisurely 1.5-hour walk.
    *No FisherPoets button required;
    RSVP HERE.

Riverkeeper is proud to participate in FisherPoets. Buy a $15 button to attend (good for all events) starting at 12:00PM Friday, Feb. 24 at festival headquarters (1188 Commercial St), or at the door of any performance venue. Full schedule: HERE.


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